Join the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition team!
Reports To: Director of Policy and Advocacy
Status: Full-time, salaried with benefits
Location: San Jose, CA
Duration: Full-time permanent
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit working to create a healthy community, environment, and economy through bicycling in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. We are looking for a passionate advocate to lead our work in Santa Clara County, someone who is able to work with cities and residents to convince local governments to prioritize and build high quality bike infrastructure. If you like the idea of joining a fun and dedicated team trying to save the world through bikes, this is a great job for you! (We’re serious. We believe, truly, that the bicycle is a wonderful tool for improving the world.)
SVBC recognizes that inequities, both within our society and in the bike movement, impede our ability to realize our vision of a community where everyone has the opportunity to bike safely. People with the least voice in the bike movement (including people of color, low-income people, and other systematically excluded communities) also have the least access to resources and less opportunity to bike safely. We can only be successful by addressing these underlying inequities, expanding the bike movement to include a broader cross section of voices, and working in solidarity with communities, not for them. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from members of marginalized communities. All staff members are expected to understand these issues and share our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work.
Position: The Santa Clara County Advocate will serve as SVBC’s primary policy expert and community organizer in Santa Clara County. This position requires the ability to develop positive relationships with elected officials, agency staff, advocates, community partners, and even naysayers. You should have the skills necessary to juggle multiple campaigns and priorities across the county.
To give you a sense for what this job entails, a typical day in the life of the Santa Clara County Advocate involves:
- Finalizing the planning for a bike ride that showcases good and bad examples of bike infrastructure in different cities for elected officials and transportation officials. And figuring out how you’re going to convince the biggest adversary of bicycling, the Mayor, to come out on your ride.
- Researching the legal requirements of an encroachment permit in order to get stubborn public agencies to work out their differences and build a project!
- Fielding a member request to get involved in an issue that is not relevant to the organization. Then responding with kindness and the attitude needed to keep the member happy and wanting to get more involved.
- Getting on the phone and email to mobilize ten bike advocates to attend a city council hearing where a decision is going to be made on the design of a critical piece of bike infrastructure. Providing the handholding necessary to make sure each of those people (including yourself) is prepared to speak up and do so in a way that will win votes.
- City X just contacted you because they need a letter in support of a grant application to fund a priority bike project. Oh, and they need the letter tomorrow.
- Preparing a policy memo and recommendations on dockless e-scooters.
- Schmoozing at community events, like Bike Palo Alto, VivaCalleSJ, candidate forums, and demonstration bikeways.
- A relevant combination of education, skills, and experience in advocacy, non-profit organization, social justice, politics, community organizing, or urban/transportation planning.
- Flexible schedule: work includes many evening meetings and occasional weekend commitments.
- Access to reliable transportation: work covers a large geographical area and often multiple commitments in a given day will require significant travel (we offer transportation reimbursement for work trips outside your normal commute).
- Ability to listen to and communicate with people of diverse ethnicities, genders, beliefs, lifestyles, and socioeconomic backgrounds in a thoughtful and engaging manner.
- Commitment to striving for social justice and equity on the personal, interpersonal, organization, and systemic levels.
- Computer literacy including: MS Office (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint), internet browsers and applications.
- Ability to manage relationships with volunteers and partner organizations.
- Excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
- Excellent written communication skills.
- Excellent follow-through.
- Ability to prioritize activities based on defined work plan, while tracking multiple focus areas simultaneously.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to keep transparent records that others can access and understand.
- Interest in promoting active transportation.
- Desire to be a team player in a fast-paced and fun non-profit office environment.
- Ability to work independently toward goals.
- Upbeat and engaging personality, even in adverse circumstances.
- Skills in a language, other than English, spoken frequently in Santa Clara County, such as Spanish or Vietnamese.
- Familiarity with one or more of Silicon Valley’s diverse communities, neighborhoods, and/or business groups.
Salary and Benefits:
Annual salary starting at $45,000 and dependent upon experience. Full-time, exempt position with a competitive benefits package including excellent vacation, health insurance, and 401k.
To Apply: Send your resume and cover letter including salary requirements in PDF format, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Santa Clara County Advocate, [YOUR NAME]” in the subject line.
SVBC is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age. We strongly encourage applicants who represent the linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity of our area, in order to make SVBC a more effective organization.
This is a full-time position. Compensation will be based on qualifications and experience. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis as qualified candidates are identified. The position begins upon hiring of a highly qualified candidate.